3M Combat Earplugs Lawyer in San Diego

In 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that 3M™ agreed to pay 9.1 million dollars to soldiers suffering from hearing damage. 3M™ is an exclusive provider of dual-ended combat earplugs for the military. As a result, 3M™ knowingly put soldiers at a higher risk of hearing impairment.

The settlement resolves allegations that 3M™ violated the False Claims Act by selling or causing defective earplugs sold to the Defense Logistics Agency. Specifically, the United States alleged that 3M™, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the CAEv2 was too short for proper insertion into users’ ears and that the earplugs could loosen imperceptibly and therefore did not perform well for specific individuals. The United States further alleged that 3M™ did not disclose this design defect to the military.

What does this defect mean?

The 3M™ Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ earplugs may be incorrectly inserted into the ears because the earplugs were made too short. As a result, the earplugs could gradually and subtly loosen until they did not perform the desired noise cancellation for specific individuals.

The United States also alleges that upon finalization, 3M™ did not disclose this design defect to the military when entering the contract.

How Can The Mitchell Firm Help You?

If you or a loved one served on active duty between 2003 and 2015 and have suffered partial hearing loss, full hearing loss, or any hearing impairment after using 3M’s ™ Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, you may be eligible to pursue legal action.

The Mitchell Firm advocates on behalf of injured veterans, service members, and victims across the country. We are passionate about protecting the rights of those who have served by serving them. With decades of combined experience, extensive resources, and a talented team of strategic partners, we are prepared to handle even the most challenging personal injury cases. The Mitchell Firm has provided our support and legal representation nationwide.

The United States military entered a contract with 3M™ between 2003 and 2015. If you or a family member served during these times and used the 3M™ earplugs during training or deployment, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation. The Mitchell Firm does not charge upfront costs to you or the injured party.

If you answered yes to any of these questions below, contact a member of our team today!

  • Did you serve on active duty between 2003 and 2015?
  • During your time in the military, did you use 3M’s ™ Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs in training and on deployment?

If you do not know what brand, did you use earplugs in practice or on implementation?

  • Throughout your service, or upon discharge from active duty service, were you diagnosed with any of the following conditions?
  • Tinnitus (Ringing)
  • Partial Hearing Loss
  • Total Hearing Loss

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Manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of products are legally liable for injuries and damages that occur as a result of product failure through design defects, manufacturing flaws, or inability to provide adequate warnings and instructions. Actions against the responsible party can include compensation for:

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